West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen has opened up on what he dreams of when it comes to his future in east London.
The England international put pen to paper on a seven-year deal to remain at West Ham for the long term, with the player admitting the plan is to see out the rest of his career at the club – much to the delight of everyone connected with our Hammers.
Securing the future of Bowen is a significant step for the club, with it being another sign that West Ham are on the upward trajectory following a positive period which has seen European qualifications for 3 years running, plus a major trophy for the first time in 43 years.
Bowen has played a significant part of that recent success, not to mention scoring the famous winning goal in our epic Europa Conference League final win over Fiorentina in Prague.
The Hammers winger feels at home, he feels part of the fabric of the club and he has admitted to the clubs Official Website that he has his eyes and his heart set on becoming a legend in years to come.
“As a player, you’re always looking at the next goal or next big thing you can do. You don’t really have a minute to rest, sit back and think about what you’ve done,” stated Bowen.
“But I want to giving those moments to the fans. I want to keep giving those goals, those important moments. I’ve been here three-and-a-half years now and I think once I got this contract signed, to show that this is where I want to be and where I want to play my football, I think people will respect that even more.
“Hopefully I can go down as a legend in years to come. That’s something I’ve definitely thought about, because I’ve seen the treatment the older professionals get here and how loved and welcome they are, even when they’ve finished playing. I feel that love and I want to be part of that for years to come.”
“The fans have made me feel so welcome too. I’m not from London and I’m not a West Ham fan but I feel like I’m one of them. I feel part of this culture and feel part of this family. I’ve only been here three-and-a-half years but it feels like I’ve been here so much longer. If it goes well then hopefully it will be for the rest of my career.
“I don’t know how long I’ll be playing for but if I can stay here for my whole career then I think I’d retire as a very happy player.”